I would like to begin this post with an encouragement to read the Bible daily. The amount can vary but the intake of truth cannot. There are seasons of life where more or less fits. I have been reading through God’s word with a daily reading plan for several years. I can say there have been times (more than I care to know) when I simply checked the box. There will be mornings like that. However, the faithful reader keeps reading. Life is a series of starts and stops. If you have stopped reading the Word pick it up and start again. If you are doing a plan and find yourself behind just start on the reading for today and move on.
God has worked wonders in me to say that last sentence. I have also been the one who would read sixteen (or more) chapters to get caught up. Now some might think that is commendable. However, I doubt I gleaned anything by reading that many chapters. So, I suggest that you read to see something in the text. You are not looking for some undiscovered truth. You are looking to see the same truth you probably already know.
The following is an entry from my journal after reading Matthew 27
Judas finds no forgiveness in the chief priests and elders. Not finding forgiveness will destroy a man. He was looking for it in the wrong places. Yet it fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah.
Pilate has far less power than he thinks. With multiple warnings, Pilate cannot release Jesus. In most typical situations, you’d think the governor could have done what “reason” was telling him–this man is innocent and I should let him go. Even in his attempt to wash his hands of this murder, Pilate’s soldiers carried out this gross act.
Having said all of this, the Ultimate Determiner was plucking the cords of this guitar. Yet they are responsible. And this act saves sinners. Wow. Who could have planned this but God!
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”
Matthew 1:21 “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”